It seems that the must read book right now is Unplanned by Abby Johnson. Jen's talking about it at Conversion Diary, and so is Nancy with the Catholic Post Book Group. (Nancy has a great interview with Ms. Johnson - check it out!) Do I know anyone who owns this book and will let me borrow it? I'd love to check it out!
On the Behold Confernece front, we have over 275 women registered for the day! Rose, the director of the conference, and I have agreed that if we get 350 women registered we will dye our hair green and serve lunch to the patrons of the Germantown Hills Michael's on St. Patrick's Day. Rose is a blond and I have loooong hair, so this is going to be worth it.
So get your sisters, daughters, nieces and friends and sign up!
There will be pictures taken, I promise.
Right now I'm in a Mom's group that's doing the Epic study on Church history. It is so wonderful!
Some of the things I'm learning make my jaw drop open.
Like this: Ignatius, who was the Bishop of Antioch, was discipled by John, the beloved of Jesus. In 115 AD during the persecution of Christians, he was arrested and taken to Rome to be killed. On his way to Rome he wrote a series of letters and in them he talks about the hierarchy of the Church (priests, bishops, pope), the primacy and authority of the pope, the Eucharist, and he refers to the Church as "Catholic". His understanding of these things is the same as modern Catholics.
So either he, a disciple of John, got everything wrong or the Catholic Church truly is the church that Jesus Christ founded.
The more I study Sacred Scripture and history the more I am certain that the Catholic Church is the fullness of the faith.
Have you ever heard of the following book? Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus as a Former Catholic. This book makes me so frustrated.
The problem? The "former Catholic" was a nominal Catholic (he admits to only attending Mass twice a year by the time he was in high school!) so, sadly, he never knew or understood the teachings of the Church. This is even more evident because, though he quotes the Catechism, he is still getting Catholicism wrong. His book is filled with the same jargon and misunderstandings that I've come to expect, all of it is misleading, misunderstood, and untrue. A nominal Catholic is NOT an authority on Church teaching!
This is the picture of the first time Lydia came to me, told me she had to go potty, and then went. I was so proud of her and Bennet could tell so he gave her a hug.
Side note: how about that bed head?!
I have tried to post this video on my blog but it won't work. So do yourself a favor and click on the link and listen to this song. It's so good. Thank you, Mumford & Sons Pandora station for continually introducing me to great music.
Noah and the Whale's Shape of My Heart
Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading!